The Wonders of Rocks and Minerals
The Wonders of Rocks and Minerals
Learn about the three rock types found on Earth, the rock cycle, and the geological processes that change one rock type into another. Learn how minerals are different than rocks and learn about mineral identification.

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You will Learn:

  • how minerals and rocks are different
  • the three rock types found on Earth
  • the rock cycle
  • how rocks form and the processes that change one type into another
  • mineral properties and how to identify minerals
  • facts about common minerals

Features Include:

  • written by Edward J. Tarbuck, Frederick K. Lutgens, and Edward Greaney; illustrated by Dennis Tasa
  • simulated mineral identification lab
  • two levels of study: Elementary (grades 3-6) and Intermediate (grades 7-12)
  • fully narrated with audio controls
  • review quizzes that are scored and may be printed for assessment
  • intuitive navigation including direct access by page number

Grade levels:

  • 3-6
  • 7-12

Teacher Resources:

System Requirements
Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8.1 and 10 (the latest version does not require QuickTime)

Rebekah Chace and Jason Mastrine - Earth magazine

“…Effective visuals and accurate science come together to introduce rocks and minerals to both beginning and intermediate earth-science students.…”

Douglas Jenkins in Science and Children magazine

“…Anyone who loves rocks and minerals will enjoy The Wonders of Rocks and Minerals, as will professionals engaged in inspiring future geology students.…”

Katherine Ulrich - MACWORLD magazine

“…Virtual hands-on lessons…make it fun to review the various concepts.…You learn to determine a rock’s luster, hardness, and specific gravity -- all the clues good rock hounds need to start identifying mystery rocks in their own backyard.”
Correlates to Next Generation Science Standards for Earth Science:
  • ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems
  • ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes
  • ESS3.A: Natural Resources
Supports Common Core Literacy in Science Standards:
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.1,2,4,5,7,8,9
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.1,2,4,5,7,8,9
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.1,2,4,5,7,8,9
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